Portugal vs Uruguay lineups: confirmed team news and Predicted XIs for World Cup 2022 game today


Portugal are set to draft in veteran defender Pepe for today’s World Cup meeting with Uruguay.

Head coach Fernando Santos described Pepe as a “monster” ahead of the Group H clash and the former Real Madrid centre-back is set for an interesting one-on-one battle with Uruguay’s star-studded forward line.

Portugal are expected to be without Danilo Pereira for the rest of the World Cup after the Paris Saint-Germain defender broke ribs in training this week.

That opened the door for Pepe, who at 39 years and 275 days would become the oldest player to start a World Cup for Portugal.

“He’s a monster,” Santos said. “Will play.”

Cristiano Ronaldo will captain Portugal amid reports he has been offered a three-year contract with Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr worth more than £180m, making him the highest-paid player in football history.

Uruguay will again be without Barcelona centre-back Ronald Araujo, who underwent thigh surgery in September.

Predicted Portugal XI:

 Costa, Cancelo, Dias, Pepe, Guerreiro; Neves, Carvalho, Bernardo Silva, Fernandes, Felix, Ronaldo.

Predicted Uruguay XI:

 Rochet, Caceres, Godin, Gimenez, Olivera, Vecino, Bentancur, Valverde, Pellistri, Cavani, Nunez.

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